Taxi industry: Uber expansion in NY would kill existing jobs

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FILE - In this photo taken Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014, a man leaves the headquarters of Uber in San Francisco. A federal judge granted class-action status Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, to a lawsuit in California against Uber over the payment of its drivers, upping the stakes for the ride-hailing company in the case. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York’s taxi industry says Uber’s proposal to expand outside of the New York City area threatens the jobs of dispatchers and others who work behind the scenes for cab companies around the state.

The Committee for Taxi Safety, which advocates on behalf of traditional taxis, says in a report released Monday that more than 11,000 non-driver jobs are at risk if Uber is allowed to operate statewide.

Uber says it would employ thousands of drivers if allowed to expand into Buffalo, Syracuse, Rochester and other areas where the ride-hailing service is now prohibited from operating.

The new report says Uber’s projections don’t include dispatchers, mechanics and office employees of traditional cab companies whose jobs could be threatened.

Lawmakers are expected to debate Uber’s expansion when they reconvene in January.

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